Classic Movie of the Week
OnM - September 21, 2002

So, let's git a movin' now. You will have no doubt noticed that I started the column with one of the best-known cinematic quotes of recent genre film history. In the context of the scene in which the character speaks the line, it is a perfect fit, resonant with meaning. There is a dynamic that has occurred between Yoda and Luke, in which Luke is despairing of his abilities as a potential Jedi, and loses his faith in himself. Yoda cannot allow this to happen, for he foresees that Luke a crucial part of the future to be. Thus, the exceedingly grave nature of Luke's responsibilities must be clearly spelled out for him-- he cannot afford to fail. Thus, 'Do or do not-- there is no 'try'.



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